Why Fjölnir From The Northman Looks So Familiar


Robert Eggers’ upcoming film “The Northman” tells the story of a Viking prince, Amleth, as he seeks revenge for his father's death. Danish actor Claes Bang plays the character Fjölnir, and while his name may not be as recognizable as Alexander Skarsgård or Anya Taylor-Joy, you may have seen his face before.

Claes Bang’s starred in Ruben Östlund's satire film “The Square,” in which Bang plays an art curator who opens a controversial exhibit at his museum and suffers the consequences. “The Square” won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and Bang took home the best actor accolade at the European Film Awards.

Bang also had a role in “The Girl in the Spider's Web” as Jan Holster, the big, bad henchman of hacker Lisbeth Salanders's (Clare Foy) sister, Camilla Salander (Sylvia Hoeks). He also starred in Giuseppe Capotondi's crime thriller “The Burnt Orange Heresy,” in which Bang tries to steal a painting alongside Mick Jagger.

Finally, Netflix users may recognize Bang for playing the title role in the 2020 “Dracula” miniseries. Bang’s portrayal of the Count made him stand out from his predecessors, being both edgy (he even got naked for filming) and charming, with some human aspects to his personality that make him more complex.